Los Angeles Lakers win to keep top-6 hopes alive as LeBron James returns


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Dennis Schröder says he didn’t have COVID, isn’t vaccinated, but can’t miss time again in confusing postgame remarks

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Dennis Schröder returned to the court for the Lakers after missing seven games in the health and safety protocols, but didn’t provide a whole lot more clarity on why he was out in the first place.

It did happen again, though, as Schröder missed the last seven Lakers games under the league’s intentionally vague “health and safety protocols” designation, an absence that drew even more scrutiny not just because it was his second time missing games, but also because of an interview in which he expressed vaccine hesitancy to a German news outlet.

After his return to the court in the team’s Saturday win against the Pacers, Schröder said “felt good” in his first basketball game in more than a week.

“I’ve been doing some stuff at home a little bit. I’ve been feeling great,” Schröder said. “No issues.”

Those looking for more clarity on why Schröder missed time again, however, don’t appear like they’re going to get it. In an increasingly terse exchange with the media following the game, Schröder said he did not get vaccinated, did not have COVID-19 while he was out, but also said he cannot miss time again.

Confused? You’re not alone, but here is the full transcript of his remarks:

Schröder: “I mean at least I can’t get it no more in the playoffs. That’s probably the best thing. Me and my family was talking about it the whole time, we didn’t know, it was like ‘I’m not sure.’ End of the day, I mean, it is what it is. I’m back now and can’t wait for tomorrow and the playoffs, play-in, whatever.”

Schröder: “What’s that?”

Schröder: “No, I didn’t test positive. I went to separate things to get tested, but I mean, it is what it is, like I said. I’m the only guy who didn’t get vaccinated, so I’m gonna just leave it at that.”

Schröder: “Next question. Maybe, then, fuck, what you want me to say? Next question. Simple. God damn.”

Schröder: “No, I was fine. Family was fine, my friends and my house was fine. Everybody was healthy and it was good.”

Schröder: “I had a lot of time with my family. Shooting in my backyard. That’s it.”

Here is the full exchange between Lakers beat writers, including myself, and a rather exasperated Dennis Schröder about his return from Covid-19 protocols. pic.twitter.com/GMYvDRtknu

We’ll see if we get any more clarity on this at any point, but for now, Schröder’s future status and possibility to end up in quarantine again appears very much up in the air.

For more of the latest information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, please check out the work of my colleagues at Vox.com.

Lakers top Pacers 122-115, get one step closer to avoiding play-in tournament

Yahoo Sports 15 May, 2021 - 02:40pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

Playing with Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder and LeBron James — who had all been out for various reasons — the Lakers topped the Indiana Pacers 122-115. It's the first time in ages that the Lakers have had their major players healthy enough to take the floor for an extended amount of time, and they needed that to happen just as much as they needed the win. 

Davis, who has been dealing with groin tightness for the last few games, looked great. He led the team in points (28) and minutes (35), but got a nice assist from James, who made his return after missing six games with more ankle soreness. He played 28 minutes and scored 24 points, and really picked things up in the last few minutes of the game. All of the Lakers' starters scored double-digit points.

Following the game, James said that he was dealing with a little soreness, but he was expecting that. He didn't seem hindered by his ankle at all, and that's what the Lakers needed.

The Pacers without Sabonis weren’t toothless — Caris LeVert and JaKarr Sampson both had great games — but they’re the perfect kind of team for the newly healthy Lakers to play to get their feet back under them as a unit.

The Lakers never ran away with it. After every 5-10 point lead they had, the Pacers kept coming back and giving them trouble — especially in the fourth quarter. They had a 14-point lead with 10 minutes left, but it had dwindled down to just three with three minutes left. Then LeBron took charge. He hit three straight shots — one of them his first 3-pointer of the game — to give the Lakers a bit of breathing room before the final buzzer sounded.

At this point, the Lakers only control part of their destiny. They have to win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday to get that No. 6 seed, but the Portland Trail Blazers also have to lose to the Denver Nuggets. If both of those things happen, the Lakers will avoid the play-in tourney. If not, they'll be playing for a shot at the actual playoffs. But on Saturday, the Lakers did everything they could do. 

“It is going to take time to get his timing back to 100%, but for most of the game he looked good,” Vogel said. James, back after a six-game absence, scored 24 points, including seven key points late, to lead the Lakers to a 122-115 victory over the Indiana Pacers Saturday. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 28 points.

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